Here are some events and happenings in Lawrence this week:
PBR Book Club
Many are starting the new PBR Book Club pick for this month. The book is Michael Faber's "Under the Skin." It is a short one, only about 300 pages.
The PBR Book Club website has this to say about the new book: 'Under the Skin is a remarkable novel, a strange, sometimes crude meditation on mercy, pain and iniquity."
Crude and strange, eh? These do seem like important elements for PBR Book Club, given many of our choices.
Here is the PBR Book Club website: http://pbrbookclub.blogspot.com/
Poetry Reading Tonight at 7:00 at The Commons
Award-winning poet CAConrad will read from his recent work, including A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics.
The Facebook invite says this: "Conrad's reading and talk will explore (Soma)tic poetry, instructions and recipes that invite the reader-listener into deeply embodied experiences. “The aim of (Soma)tic poetry and poetics is the realization of two things about my work,”
Here is the Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/425153490872028/?suggestsessionid=10609241471352722105
Stephen Greenblatt at Woodruff
Our favorite choice for Wednesday is Nerd Nite. Nerd Nite has moved to the big ball room at Pachamama's. A letter addressed to the Nerd Nite attendees from Pachamamas tells us to bring cash only for the bar and it sounds like Pacha's wants us to order from the Star Bar before presentations start. Doors open for seating inside the ballroom at 7:30 and presentations are at 8:00.
Here is a list of this month's presentations:
This month's presentations are:
1. You Sunk My Citizenship? – The Estonian Singing Revolution & Citizenship Dilemma by Dave Trimbach
2. Notes from the Underground: Dissident Music in the Soviet Union by Austin Charron
3. Bar Talk: Bela Bartok, Polymodal Chromaticism & Modern Classical Composition by Steve Dahlberg
More information can be found on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/102563606573417/
Stephen Greenblatt speaks at Woodruff:
Special thanks to the Larryville Chronicles for reminding us of a lecture by Greenblatt starting at 7:30. Here is what the invite from KU's Hall Center says:
"Greenblatt is regarded as the father of New Historicism, a form of critical theory that seeks to unite literature, historical context, and cultural theory. He is the author of twelve books about Shakespeare, the Renaissance, and early modern culture, including the hugely popular Will in the World (2004), a biography of William Shakespeare. His most recent work, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern received the 2011 National Book Award, and demonstrates how something as seemingly insignificant as a poem could influence the cultural world."
Thursday: Artist Talk
Andy Reiger from Wichita will be at the Spencer on Thursday to discuss his new work that is described as a "racially themed sculpture." Thursday, 5:00 at the Spencer Museum of Art.